Science and Management - Assistant/Associate Professor (Research Chair in Mixedwood Ecology)

University of Northern British Columbia

Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2013-07-03

Ecosystem Science and Management Program
College of Science and Management

Research Chair in Mixedwood Ecology
(Assistant/Associate Professor)


The University of Northern British Columbia, in conjunction with the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at the University of Northern British Columbia invites applications for the Slocan Mixedwood Ecology FRBC Research Chair.

Mixedwood forests are important suppliers of habitat, biodiversity, watershed regulation, viewscapes, timber and tourism opportunities. The Mixedwood Ecology Chair is expected to develop a long-term research program that is focused on the ecology of northern broadleaf/conifer mixes, and pure broadleaf stands. The research program should focus on one or more of the following high-priority themes:

  1. Enhanced knowledge of northern mixedwood ecology, particularly with respect to forest health, biodiversity, and adaptation to changing climate
  2. Development of alternative products and uses of mixedwood forests
  3. Identification and quantification of the influences of management practices on soils, site productivity and regeneration
  4. Development and evaluation of alternative silviculture systems

The Mixedwood Chair is expected to develop a well-funded research program, and to work with industry to develop and fund research on topics of interest to sustainable development of existing and new industries. Engagement of graduate and undergraduate students in the Chair's research program is an important function of the position.

Outreach and extension are also important components of the Chair position. It is expected that the Chair will facilitate cooperation in mixedwood ecology and management education and research among UNBC researchers and students, government and industry, and non-governmental organizations.

Applications for this position should hold a Ph.D. with a specialization in one or more of the four themes above. Teaching expectations will normally include one to two undergraduate courses per year, therefore previous experience in teaching lecture and laboratory courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels is desirable.

UNBC is equipped with significant research facilities for the biological and social sciences. With its main campus located in Prince George, the University has a mandate to serve the northern two-thirds of the province and offers an unbeatable combination of a strong commitment for growth, a modern and attractive campus, and a wonderful setting in the heart of British Columbia.

Applicants should forward their curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three references (including telephone, fax, and email information) quoting competition #FAESM05-13-CW to: The Office of the Provost, University of Northern British Columbia, 3333 University Way, Prince George, B.C., V2N 4Z9. Fax: (250) 960-5791. Please direct inquiries to: Dr. Kathy Lewis, Chair of ESM, at Telephone (250) 960-6659, Email < Kathy.Lewis@unbc.ca >. Electronic submissions of CVs can be forwarded to: FacultyRecruitment@unbc.ca.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Northern British Columbia is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

Applications received on or before July 31, 2013 will receive full consideration; however applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


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